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but the fact is that we domesticated it in some ways and we gave up the freedom to wander and hunt and gather as we have done for 50,000 years. that maybe you better or worse than agriculture in some ways, and we can argue that but the fact fact is that evolution made us to be that way and we surrender the conditions and people still argue a lot about how agriculture happen and the classic story is that we ran out of game, essentially. so was the only way we can feed ourselves. one day one guy woke up and thought that he would invent agriculture and that's not the way happen probably. but that is one story. another story is that we did disturbances by living together with people compacting the soil, and a lot of weeds started to
grow and once that happened and people started raising grain and became highly dependent upon the green and dependent on the city living, pretty soon we were domesticated just like all livestock in some ways. >> spend this weekend exploring montana's state capital as booktv in american history tv look at the history and literary life. >> coming up next, kay bailey hutchison answered questions after her author's presentation at the 2013 national book festival. you can watch this half-hour program coming up next c-span2. >> joining us on our set is senator kay bailey hutchison.
>> you started your talk by describing the women in the 19th century they came to texas as genteel southern women and a lot of people think of them as a rough-and-tumble place. do they remember gentlewomen? >> of course they had to adapt because it was hard. but i think that they brought the gentility and they wanted to make sure that they had eight quality of life. and they had refined backgrounds that they adapted to the harshness in a very resilient way as well as a very positive way, peter. that is what i thought really set them apart in so many ways that they could do that and one thing you did not touch upon is your own district in texas.
>> when i graduated from law school, the big law firms did not hire women. so i looked for a job, and it was very much ending when a door closes a window opens and i stopped at a television station and i walked down and said that i would like to apply for a job, and that ended up getting a job as a television news reporter and because i was a lawyer, he gave me a start and there was an obstacle course that i went through and i was elected to the legislature and then state treasurer and in the united states senate. >> wanted your family come to texas? >> my family came to texas in 1828 and they signed a texas
declaration of independence and they came from england and made their way to texas and they were actually trained in the law and you had to be catholic to land in texas and he was a natural catholic. i say actual because many declared catholicism on the land. and he was part of this and he became the chief justice in this includes a great friend of sam houston and thomas rusk and my roots to go way back. >> kay hutchison is our guest and pioneering women who shaped texas, sally, good morning to you. you're on booktv.
>> good morning. >> caller: my question for the senator is about the mexican women. we talked about the southern belles that came from the east and the women who are already there. >> yes, there were very brave mexican women who are part of mexico in the early days especially and many of them stay, but it was hard for them, because there was a revolution and there was a hardship that yes, there were, and the early women and came in and helped to settle them were at war with mexico and it was a tough situation for them. >> we have lena in norwalk, connecticut. please go with your question or comment.
>> i just want to tell you how much of an inspiration you are and i thank you for the weight you are bridging the gap between people and that you are a peacemaker and that being said, i wanted to know if you are involved at all with women of the military and i thank you so much. >> i didn't understand what she said exactly. >> oh, yes, the women in the military. absolutely. in my second book i profiled the first women in the military who became officers and that was really midcentury and last century, the 40s and the great job that they did. i mentioned the precursor to the women in the military and then became part of the army and now they are admirals and generals and and i was on the armed services committee and i was
also in there were certain things that we did for women both in health care and prisoners of war, making sure that families got the best quality of life that we could give them. i am pleased doing our time in the senate. they are leaders and they are so much a part of our military. >> what do you miss about a? >> nothing. i don't miss the senate. it was time. i believe the we would want to come and serve and do our best. and i believe in the private sector and entrepreneurs and free enterprise and i love being in the private sector, i have to say. >> any future elected office for
you? >> no, i love what i'm doing. i wrote books and i love doing that and i have pockets of things i love doing and i wouldn't trade it for anything. >> we have sam in silver spring, maryland. >> thank you. i just want to ask why the senator did not mention the atrocities against [inaudible] >> did he say atrocities against and against indians? >> just. >> okay, actually, some of the indians were very peaceful that of course the indians were reacting against them because
the sellers were encroaching on their way of life and the way in which they had roamed. i think certainly we all understand that. and it has been written about and that was something that certainly had a hard history. and that is also a certain part of history as well. >> and richards, lady byrd johnson, and armstrong and barbara bush and laura bush and barbara jordan and that we are talking about the spirit that is
brazilian with a positive attitude, shown in all of the women that you have mentioned. either this one for the last two and i think that has that has caused women in texas to be able to be governors and senators and yet, it is sitter and a rough-and-tumble state. it is a state that is considered in this includes anything that is held for men and dogs is held for horses and women and yet the women have been made leaders and i think that says a lot about texas, that the men are very
supportive. >> next up is julia. >> caller: yes, i'm wondering if midges kay bailey hutchison has children and to raise them and where are they today to make yes, i have 212-year-olds. and i -- they are in dallas where i live in that is where i spend most of my time, and they are great kids and i have had an enrichment of my life since i was able to have my children and be a part of my lives. >> next up is scott in fort worth, texas. >> you had mentioned sam
houston's life in tennessee and i was wondering if you have any idea what that was when i was wondering if you knew anything about the issues about not converting. >> yes, absolutely. i one time he was baptized as that is a part of mexico, but margaret had a huge notorious idea and she became very devout and he was writing her letters about what the pastor said in
church or in washington dc and she was a devout baptist and was a baptist and he was devout and i became very much a part of his life and it was her guiding light. >> by the catholicism angle early on to own land? >> there were a couple of things in the laws of mexico. one was that you had to be catholic to own land. i don't know if that was the case and the other part of mexico, but it certainly wasn't a texas territory and the other thing is they had a community property law and and so women inherited ranches and they ran them and they became very wealthy. some of the wealthiest people in texas were the women. they inherited and ran
businesses. so that is part of the law and certainly the community property has survived, and as well as women's health in texas. >> we have a tweet and i don't know if this is right or not, but this gentleman writes that texas had a governor named governor hogg and his outright? >> yes, he was a very prominent benefactor and philanthropist. >> in houston, texas, it is a beautiful museum, fine american furniture, and the grounds are lovely and they have a very good festival there every year and
imma hogg is a revered person in texas. >> does anyone ever point out that unfortunate combination of names? >> oh, i am sure there is a reason and they probably didn't have enough to say about it and she turned out to be a lovely woman remembered on her own for the great things that she did. >> we are talking with darrell and we're talking about the book unflinching courage. >> good morning, i wanted to know if you had anything about the lee family as part of my husband's family from texas in your book. >> i am sorry that i do not.
but i would love to know more about her. but currently i do not. >> i do know she was 19th century but the book that i have today is all 19th century. >> this was part of which the airport was named, the veto was a trailblazer that was a business woman and the houston post and the television station that was by the houston chronicle and she and later her son and daughter together became
even more wealthy in her own right. and she started this and she made it what it was, it became the precursor of women in the military. and then she also became the secretary of health and human services under eisenhower. she met dwight eisenhower and thought he was a great man and they'll they were very prominent democrats, she went out on her own and supported eisenhower for president, and then he asked her to be in the cabinet and she was. such a prominent political figure, her son was lieutenant
governor of texas for years as a democrat and they say that her daughter jessica was married to the republican, who was ambassador to the court of st. james and they had this ability to be leaders and she and both of her children were leaders and now their children also prominent leaders. and it's a prominent family next to us. >> we read about that everyone smile. >> in the treaty under which texas came, there is the right to break into this and of course, we see that it's not a
serious movement, probably neither one are serious, sometimes when i think it feels like we are being unfairly treated, and i've dealt with a lot of those battles, there is this movement and people are mad, but in fact, we are a great friend of america and a great part of america and i think that this is not part of our lifetime >> as is the fourth book? >> yes, i did with my senate colleagues, but the third this month and on my own,. >> barbara in st. louis, good morning to you. >> first of all, i would like to thank you for all that you have contributed.
>> and all of you that have contributed to our government. you are just terrific. this is a wonderful imma hogg story. and it is, indeed, very beautiful. but i read somewhere that one his son was going to give that name to his daughter, he wrote night and day from wherever it was to get there before at the christening to give her that name. have you ever heard that story. >> you know it had to be controversial at the time and what he had to live with and i'm sure it was very hard on her. and what a name. and yet look at the resilience and the survivor mentality that was created by it. because she became a beloved
figure. in texas, people don't think about it anymore. >> and he and kentucky's. >> good morning. and i would like to say that you are a great lady and he done such a good job and i have just a couple of questions and i know you ran for governor once. and then also would you consider again and then like rand paul or other crews, because i know they are probably being a part of this, would you consider being a part of a vice president? >> well, that's a nice thing. if you wanted a constitution, you can't be part of the same state running as president and vice president.
but i really loved my time serving in the senate and i loved my colleagues and we have two wonderful senators from missouri. and i love what i did. but there is a time to go and i think that we will do better in our country were new people come in with new ideas and i'm very happy doing what i'm doing. i love the book writing and the global advisory board that i am on because i am doing things that i really enjoy and feel like are a contribution. and i want to promote trade with mexico and central and south america and i want texas to be the law school where you can come and get a joint degree and
you can serve with the southern part of the hemisphere, which i think is the best wines that we could make. >> kay bailey hutchison, do you ever run into george bush and laura bush? >> i do, they are wonderful citizens of our state and they do so much good work and laura is also doing a lot to help women in countries where women's rights are not really respected and she has done a lot to promote that. and president bush, i think they have done so much and they keep doing good work and i keep in my book presentation and there is a
conversation we are having in october in dallas, texas. and this is something that barbara bush has done to promote literacy, especially among adults and they are still doing good work, all of them. >> eleanor in silver city, maryland. you're on booktv with author kay bailey hutchison. >> hello, i have been watching the first lady's series on c-span and it is an aspect about steel, steel magnolias, steel and the women, and i now wonder if you could comment on this. >> in case you're not familiar,
c-span is doing a series on the first ladies lady's and we just kicked off our second season and last week was william howard taft and the steel magnolia aspect, i think it calls into question. >> and my second book i do profiles of the first ladies and they are the unpaid heroines of this country and they are ambassadors for our country and they have done so much to improve the quality of life, whether it is to say know that nancy reagan dead, whether it is the literacy that barbara bush said, and good habits for children, laura bush has done so much to help women in the
countries where they are not go partners and i think i first ladies also help women and they were the honorary cochair and vital voices were we bring in the women who have stood up to regimes that have suppressed women and we honor them and we encourage them to keep making their contributions to their country. all of our first ladies have had a mark on our country that has been positive and i am so glad that you're continuing to do those on the way for a present for sleepies. he could do more to ensure that their could be rewards for being a part of our history. >> the last call comes from true in wisconsin.
>> surely, are you there? you may go ahead. >> hello? >> hello. >> my son made a trip on a bus trip to paris, france. and i heard they have an embassy, the paris embassy. i saw it, but why would texas have its own embassy? >> i do not believe it's an official texas embassy, but i'm not sure that the texas office that was there where there is one in london and possibly one when texas was a republic because we did go to france to
help raise money and we are trying to raise money for our war efforts, so there might have been one there and i am not part of this, but i know that there was one in england as well that has been preserved and it could be a restaurant, who knows. >> what is it about texas? >> and despair that's positive and resilient and we can laugh at ourselves. >> unflinching courage. it is published by harper, here is the cover here at the national book festival senator, welcome back to washington dc. >> it's good to be with you. >> thank you for watching. >> this event was part of the
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